Using music

Using music in the languages classroom


What can you do with music?

Beginners and near beginners

It is worth mentioning that not all pupils enjoy singing, some classes are reserved and some pupils sing really badly!

Higher levels

When choosing songs for more advanced students bear in mind the following factors:

Once you have chosen your song, what can you do with it? Here are some ideas:

Here is a genuinely brilliant site called Lyrics Training with which advanced students can listen to songs and do gap fills interactively at various levels:

Here is a site for advanced students with numerous lyrics and worksheets on French songs:


If you like the idea of making more use of music and song in the classroom, you may find the following links useful.

The TES has a collection of resources using song here:

Here is a blog by Isabelle Jones with examples on how students can create raps:

Here are some recorded songs and rhymes from the MFL Sunderland site (scroll down):

Here are some ideas and links from an enthusiast and expert on using song, sounds and movement in the classroom, Mark Purves:

Here are some ideas from Carole Nicoll who knows a lot about learning languages through music, rhythm, drama and movement.

Here are some French pop songs on YouTube, collected by Michelle Cairns on her blog:

Here is a slideshow of 23 interesting ways to use audio in the classroom from Samantha Lunn’s blog.

here are links to other ways of exploiting music:

Over the years I have enjoyed using songs by Francis Cabrel, Maxime LeForestier and Florent Pagny. They have very clear diction and their songs are lyrically interesting. For the record my favourite songs have been:

La Corrida (Cabrel ) - a dramatic denunciation of bull fighting
Madame X (Cabrel) - a touching ballad about poverty
Hors Saison (Cabrel) - a haunting evocation of lost love
Savoir Aimer (Pagny) – a powerful song about the nature of love
San Francisco (LeForestier) – hippy memories of friends in San Francisco